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Rewinding the DV Tape

James is joined by Jack and Sam who dipped their toes into creating video using a late 90s MiniDV camera along with classic versions of Final Cut Pro and iMovie, as well as shooting photos with some truly classic film cameras.
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Show Notes

Do you remember sitting in front of your computer with a miniDV camcorder hooked up by FireWire and waiting patiently for the footage to capture to your editor of choice, possibly iMovie or Windows Movie Maker? Maybe you were a professional editor who had to log and capture hours of footage into Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, or even AVID, and then crafting your masterpiece only to then have to render your audio separately for some random reason.

Well, Jack and Sam braved the wild west of the early days of DV cameras and editing, even using an Amiga powered NLE, to produce a video on some old film cameras for their blog. We chat about not only the experience of capturing and editing, but also talk about how sometimes the older ways of capturing moments can be more enjoyable.

Do you have any fun, or even haunting, memories of working with digital video in the pre-iPhone and SD Card era? We’d love to hear from you, so why not send a note over to [email protected], leave a comment on the post, or join the discussion over on our Discord server

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Chapter Times

  1. 00:00:01: Podcast Recommendation: Art Heals All Wounds
  2. 00:00:34: Introductions
  3. 00:05:02: Let’s Male A Video
  4. 00:10:01: Canon XL1 & Early DV
  5. 00:17:06: iPhone Transfer Frustration
  6. 00:19:43: Is Capturing Easier?
  7. 00:21:31: FireWire
  8. 00:25:10: The Attraction of Film
  9. 00:30:19: Macrosystems Casablanca
  10. 00:39:09: An iMac, Jamming Cameras, and a Power Mac G4
  11. 00:49:17: Final Cut Woes
  12. 00:57:03: Are Old Tools Better?
  13. 00:59:14: The Impact of iMovie
  14. 01:04:57: Wrapping Up
  15. 01:17:28: PODCAST TRAILER: Art Heals All Wounds


Intro and outro theme: Ace of Clubs by RoccoW

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